A Great Banquet

Bible Reading: Matthew 10:28-31
Author: Mr. Robert E. Townsend (Georgia, USA)
Thursday 25 April 2019 © The Upper Room.
My good friend Buck had just died.  Only two months before, he was healthy, hale, and hearty — or so we thought.  Then he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour and was given but a short time to live.  All who knew and loved him were still in a state of shock and intense grief.

His family planned to hold the funeral in his home state.  Because of the distance involved, most of us would not be able to attend.  Instead of having two traditional funeral services, his wife decided we would have a fellowship supper in his memory.  After we ate, we shared thoughts and memories of Buck.  Then we celebrated our life together with Holy Communion.  It was a powerful and meaningful occasion, one which helped us to shine the light of faith into our profound sense of loss.

When I was asked to share some thoughts, I told how Jesus once compared God’s kingdom to a great banquet and that he gave the feast added meaning during his last supper with his disciples.  I told them I was looking forward to being with Buck in heaven and that we would all then be able to share in Christ’s great feast together.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for good and faithful friends, for the faith and fellowship of the church, and for the hope of eternity which we have in you.  In Christ we pray.  Amen.
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